JAMIE GILCHRIST

DESIGNER MAKER

It is my ambition to create objects that deserve the space they occupy. They must possess a certain ‘rightness’, that quality found in the straight line which is both idea and thing, in the tree which just ‘is’ and is beautiful for it.

If I can take an idea, concept, or feeling and realise it materially in such a way that seems inevitable and ‘right’, I will consider the piece to be a success.

When working with someone who is commissioning a piece of furniture this process becomes a very enjoyable dialogue that builds towards a shared understanding of what the object must be, how it must be, and why it must be so.

It is no simple matter to communicate a sensation about what shape is right, what tone is fitting, what feeling an object must sympathise with. It takes time to develop an idea and narrow down what aspects of it are essential and will be essential to the finished object. This stage should not be rushed and is best conducted through at least one proper meeting in person to establish a mutual lexicon and frame of reference within which to discuss ideas.

Ultimately, the finished piece of furniture will reflect our dialogue and become something more than a functional object, something to prompt thought and emotion, and most importantly something to be enjoyed.